Archive for the ‘Wallace Stevens’ Category

Ellen hosted our gathering in October where we studied landscapes.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) – bio

Mist Marches Across the Valley
Crossing Ohio When Poppies Bloom in Ashtabula

Robert Frost (1874-1963) – bio

The Mountain
The Road Not Taken

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) – bio

Landscape With the Fall of Icarus

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) – bio

God’s World

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – Wordsworth Trust; poet’s bio

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  aka The Daffodils and the Wordsworth Rap

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) – bio

The Land of the Counterpane

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) – poet’s Web page; other bio


Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) – bio

I Know, I Remember, But How Can I Help You
Song of the Two Crows

Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) – bio

What Did I Learn in the Wars?
End of Summer in the Judean Mountains

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) – poet’s homepage; other bio

Six Significant Landscapes

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – Wordsworth Trust; poet’s bio

Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey

Garrett Kaoru Hongo (1951- ) – bio

Yellow Light

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As promised in my earlier post, here is a look at what Jan, Diana, and I experienced at the Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month kickoff gala  “Poetry and the Creative Mind”. Frances, we missed you and were sorry you couldn’t be with us that night. Thank you for organizing us!

The evening’s format entailed various celebrities choosing favorite poems to read. All were excellent, but Dianne Reeves was a standout as she read Queen of the Blues with all the gusto of the bluesy jazz singer that she his. A few readers departed from the printed program. I’ve made notes on poems that were listed but not read. I’ve added in the ones read that were not listed in the program except for one that Liz Smith read before reading Miniver Cheevy. I didn’t catch the poet or the title or enough of the poem to find it online. If anyone knows what poem that was, please let me know.

National Poetry Month began in 1996 and has become “the largest literary celebration in the world.” This event raised funds to support the Academy’s efforts to supply free classroom materials to more than 200,000 schools during National Poetry Month.

Yusef Komunyakaa, Former Chancellor, Academy of American Poets

Robert HaydenNames
Robert HaydenSphinx
Robert HaydenMonet’s Waterlilies

Jonathan Demme, film director

Randall JarrellThe Lost Children

Graydon Carter, editor, Vanity Fair

Dorothy ParkerOur Office: A Hate Song

Liz Smith, gossip columnist

Langston HughesLet America Be America Again [updated thanks to Isabel]
Edwin Arlington RobinsonMiniver Cheevy

Phillipe de Montebello, director, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Theodore RoethkeThe Geranium
Wallace Stevens The Snow Man
Edna St. Vincent MillayDirge Without Music
Edgar Allan Poe The Valley of Unrest
Ezra PoundThe Garden
W. H. Auden
Musee des Beaux Arts
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sylvia Plath
Apprehensions [listed but not read]

Candace Bushnell, author

Gertrude SteinStanzas in Meditation
Gertrude SteinFrom A Grammarian
Gertrude SteinFrom Saving the Sentence

Robert Caro, author

Robert FrostThe Bearer of Evil Tidings
Emily DickinsonHope is the thing with feathers
Emily DickinsonA Man may make a Remark
Edward HirschThe Branch Library
Edward HirschSpecial Orders
Edward HirschElegy for the Jewish Villages

Dianne Reeves, jazz vocalist

Gwendolyn BrooksA Song in the Front Yard
Gwendolyn Brooks
Queen of the Blues
James Weldon JohnsonGo Down Death

John Guare, playwright

William Carlos WilliamsFrom Ashphodel, That Greeny Flower

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News

Charlotte Perkins GilmanThe Anti-Suffragists
Emily DickinsonI measure every Grief I meet
ee cummingsmaggie and milly and molly and may
Langston HughesDreams [omitted]

Meryl Streep, actress

Wallace Stevens Sunday Morning
Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman A Noiseless Patient Spider

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We did do poetry in June although I am deliquent in reporting about it. Here is the list of the poems that we read.

A.J.M. Smith (1918-1981)- Canadian poet – bio  and analysis

The Sorcerer originally Not of the Dust Smith was apparently something of a crafstmen and frequently revisited his poems. This poem was originally published in 1925 as Not of the Dust and then revised in 1954 and re-titled The Sorcerer. You can find both versions on this link about one third down the page.

Roy Campbell  (1901-1957) – South African poet – bio

The Zebras from Adamastor (1930)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) – African American poet bio

Sympathy – inspiration behind Maya Angelou’s autobiography called I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou  (1928 – ) – bio

Why the Caged Bird Sings – an answer or mirror to Dunbar

A Brave and Startling Truth

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) – bio


Angels Surrounded by Paysans

Celia Thaxter (1836-1894) – bio

The Sandpiper

Steven Crane (1871-1900) – bio and analysis

Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind

Pablo Neruda – bio

Ode to a Lemon

Ode to a Watch in the Night

Achibald MacLeish (1892-1982) – bio

Summer of the Year

Winter is Another Country

Robert Graves (1895-1985) – bio

Counting the Beats

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) – bio

Madam, Life’s a Piece in Bloom

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Our poetry club began on Sunday, March 4…and what a kickoff it was! Our theme was favorite poem or favorite poet. All nine of us took turns reading our favorites which included:

e e cummings – bio

 my father moved through dooms of love

Robert Frostbio

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Joyce Kilmerbio


Christopher Marlowebio

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Sir Walter Raleghbio

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

Dalia Ravikovitch – bio

In the year to come, in the days to come

Laura Riding bio

The World and I

Theodore Roethkebio

I Knew a Woman
The Waking

Wallace Stevensbio

The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm

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